Serena Williams sparks sexism debate; tennis star fined $17G

If Serena Williams were a man she'd be called the GOAT- Stephen A. Smith

Cape Town - As though her actions were not bad enough, Serena Williams' shame has now been aggravated by the unsupported claim that umpire Carlos Ramos' action against her crude and hysterical behaviour during the humbling 6-2, 6-4 defeat against Japan's ebullient, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in the US Open women's final at Flushing Meadows on Saturday was sexist motivated.

On Sunday, a day after the match, the tournament referee's office docked Williams US$10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, US$4,000 for being warned for coaching, and US$3,000 for breaking her racket.

Serena Williams' US Open final furore at officials and her subsequent press conference spray at the treatment of female tennis professionals has been criticised as a "disservice to women's rights". Ramos has not spoken publicly about Saturday's match in which Williams accused him of being "a thief" and also accused him of sexism for dealing with her more harshly than he would have a male player in the same circumstances.

Though Osaka's moment of glory was overshadowed by Serena Williams' meltdown during her stunning 6-2, 6-4 upset of her idol at the weekend, the 20-year-old demonstrated she has the game, and the grit, to be a serial victor, according to Date. Nobody has ever seen anything like it: An umpire so wrecked a big occasion that both players, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams alike, wound up distraught with tears streaming down their faces during the trophy presentation and an incensed crowd screamed boos at the court.

In an interview with GQ, it was noted that one of the first things she mentioned was Overwatch, a popular video game.

"I could really feel for them", she said.

Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted that he was coaching, although it was not clear if she saw his gestures, and insisted the practice was common.

'(He could have said), "Hey, we're getting out of hand here, let's tone it down". This year, though she's never won a title in the WTA Indian Wells tournament before, she managed to sweep every match, effectively beating out former no. 1 players Maria Sharapova and Karolína Plíšková, as well as current top dog, Simona Halep.

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WTA Tour chief executive Steve Simon has also said the sport should examine the rules on coaching, noting that his organisation allows on-court coaching during regular tour events if a player requests it.

Appearing on ESPN, Adams also claimed there are double standards in terms of how umpires treat women and men.

"But I don't think it's time and place really to get into other subjects". Mari, who suffered an injury early in her career, is now ranked 367 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

She called Ramos "a thief and a liar".

"Men and women are treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation".

"He did change the course of the match".

Williams was most incensed by the first code violation she received - for coaching from her box.

"It's hard to generalise things".

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